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2019, November 20.  Philippine Birds

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14, Die-Cut

Souvenir Sheets of 4




100p  Philippine Birds - Souvenir Sheets of Four (4,000)

    25p - Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater

    25p - Visayan Broadbill

    25p - Mountain White-Eye

    25p - Fire-Breasted Flower Pecker


Designer:  Victorino Z. Serevo



First Day Covers:  Manila





Blue-tailed bee-eaters (Meropsphilippinus).   Generally known locally as "perik" or "manunubing". Male and female are similar in appearance (monomorphic). The olive green, rusty crown and back and light yellow chin and rusty throat separate it from Blue-throated bee-eaters. Found singly or in small groups in open areas associated with water (i.e. rivers, lakes, marshes including rice fields).

Visayan Broadbills (Sarcophanopssamarensis).   Uncommon and restricted only in the islands of Samar, Leyte and Bohol. They are often seen alone or in small groups, joining mixed flocks. These are unmistakable for their broad greyish blue bill and metallic blue eye wattle.

Mountain white-eyes (Zosteropsmontanus).   Known locally as "matangdulong". In general, the white-eyes of the Philippines have olive green upper parts, the white eye ring and the color of the underparts varies as well as in size. The mountain white-eye is smaller compared to other species of white-eye in the country.

Fire-breasted flowerpeckers (Dicaeumignipectus).   Small, thin-billed flowerpeckers. Male and female are different in appearance (dimorphic). The male is unmistakable with glossy dark blue-green upper parts, a brilliant red color breast and throat, and a pale yellow belly with a black line down the middle. These are uncommon and usually found in montane forests or in forest edges in fruiting and flowering trees, alone and joined in mixed flocks.





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